Septic Alarms are something that are installed onto the unit of a septic tank. The purpose of an alarm is to let the owner know that, HEY! SOMETHING ISN'T RIGHT and I need to be checked. An alarm system can give you a warning when the water level in the pump tank is rising more than it should be or even if the levels are too low.
First of all... relax. Just because your alarm is going off does not mean that your entire system is about to break! It does mean, however, to take a breather. That's right! Put those pesky chores like laundry or dishes on hold for a bit. There is a good chance that you just need to wait until the water level goes down a bit, and the problem will correct itself. But, what is something else that I can do to help this situation?
As simple as it sounds, space out your water usage! To put it into perspective, most residential systems are designed to treat 240-360 gallons per day (GPD). If you space OUT your usage over the day, this will allow your drain field to NOT go into overload. Its also important to know: septic systems are on timers. This makes it to where the pump doesn't run all the time, which is good news for you & your electrical bill. BUT... if it has rained a lot or if you have used a lot of water recently, your system may be overfilled.
First and foremost, don't let your alarm go off regularly. I mean, an alarm going off isn't a big deal, right? Initially, no- it is just a warning system. BUT... just like with a check-engine light on your vehicle, a septic alarm is signifying that something isn't right. If it keeps going off, you run the risk of seriously damaging your system and needing it to be pumped before the typical 3-5 year mark.
So here are some basic tips if you're dealing with a water alarm: